When the first cave painter scratched an animal on a stone wall, he was undertaking a unique action. He was expressing his own consciousness beyond living his life.
He was inventing beyond his experience.
Suddenly, his experience had another use. It could be gathered up and transformed into painting, creation.
The first artist was the first alchemist.
So it is with all art. You can transmute your own past, your own experience, your own knowledge, your own emotions into works of imagination.
Art is a spiritual path.
From its dynamic perspective, everything that has ever happened to you can take on absolutely new meaning.
This also happens to be the goal of all therapies.
But with art, the goal is fulfilled.
It is no exaggeration to say that the artist can reinvent his past.
Civilizations rise and fall, come and go, and their fate is decided by untold millions of people who refrain from taking the path of the artist.
Ordinary life as we know it doesn’t resolve into a grand solution. It never has. Through alchemical persuasion, however, it can. And that alchemy is art.
The chain of cause and effect, threading from past into present, breaks. Instead, imagination/consciousness invents new realities and new futures, utilizing the energy of past events.
But this energy is no longer connected to those events. It’s brand new, it’s fuel for the fire.
As soon as imagination/invention/creation becomes the leading prow of action for an individual, the energy conversion and liberation begins….